PS4 Power – Launch Titles
As previously mentioned, Sony decided to avoid the fiasco where it took game developers years to figure out how to wring the most out of the Playstation 3. The PS4 hardware makes it much easier for developers to work with and according to SNE executives, porting a PC title to the PS4 takes only one to three months.
In its PS4 review of available game titles, game website Kotaku details each of the 24 titles offered for the Playstation 4 at launch. That compares to 22 for the Xbox One, a surprising 32 launch titles in 2012 for Nintendo’s (NTDOY) poorly performing Wii U and only 12 launch titles for the PS3.
This time around, Sony has a far deeper launch library than it did with the PS3, although the Xbox One has the lead in exclusive titles.
According to PS4 review sites, the best launch games for the Playstation 4 include Battlefield 4 published by Electronic Arts (EA), Call of Duty: Ghosts by Activision (ATVI) and Warner Brothers (TWX) Lego Marvel Superheroes. In fact Call of Duty: Ghosts was a genuine blockbuster of a game with stores stocking over $1 billion in copies (for all platforms) in anticipation of record launch sales.
Microsoft has a lead in online multiplayer games thanks to its excellent Xbox Live service, but SNE seems determined to catch up this round with its (now) paid PSN online service.
Launch titles are the first crop of games for any new console and they only get better as developers become accustomed to the new hardware. The PS4 has a respectable launch library with games that should please fans of any genre and based on these first offerings, 2014 should be a good year for PlayStation 4 owners.